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What Hearing Aid Works Best for You?

Hearing Aid Technology is Quickly Advancing

Hearing aids have come a long way since the bulky, unflattering devices your parents wore. Thanks to advances in technology, there are many types of hearing aids available today from traditional behind-the-ear models to nearly invisible ones that sit in the ear canal. There are even “smart” devices that help with special hearing needs or connect to your smartphone!

Hearing aids help with better hearing, but they can’t restore your hearing. They amplify sounds and oftentimes cut out background noise. Mostly digital, they use microphones and computer chips to collect sounds and convert them into digital code.

The computer chip inside the hearing aid analyzes and adjusts the sound based on your specific hearing loss, your hearing needs, and the level of background noise. The amplified signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears through speakers.

The price of hearing aids is affected by style, size, and features. The best choice for you depends on your lifestyle, interaction with people, and noise level in your home. You don’t have to make the decision alone; we will help narrow down the choices so you feel confident in your decision.

Important Information about
Conventional (Analog) Hearing Aids

Conventional analog hearing aids are still a good choice if you need better hearing in environments that are fairly quiet, such as simple conversations with only one person at a time, or if you spend your time in a quiet room with maybe just the television on. In calmer situations like these, all the sounds are usually amplified in exactly the same way, and an analog hearing aid can help. This technology is limited, but it might be exactly what you need.

Why Have “Smart” Hearing Aids Become So Popular?

“Smart” hearing aids pair to your smartphone or other handheld device so you can watch television or talk on your phone directly, without wires.

This amazing technology determines which sounds you want to hear while quieting background noise. Imagine finally sitting down to watch the evening news when all of the sudden the neighbors start up their leaf blower and your grandkids come running in. With wireless “smart” technology the hearing aids automatically minimize that background noise so you can stay focused on the news highlights.

Because every person’s hearing loss is different, your hearing aids will need to be fitted and programmed to your specific needs. Once you become adjusted to hearing through an aid, your life will become improved in so many ways.

How Do I Select My Hearing Aids?

We have a range of styles to suit your needs.
Let’s talk about the main groups of hearing aids and our recommendations.

What are Assistive Listening Devices?

If you have distinctive hearing needs, these assistive listening devices may be able to help. These devices fall into several general categories.

  • Assistive listening devices (ALDs) work by focusing on the sounds you want to hear and amplifying them. These can work alongside cochlear implants and hearing aids.
  • Augmentative and alternative communication devices (AACs) help people with communication disorders express themselves. Many devices fall under this category from picture boards to speech-to-text computer programs.
  • Alerting devices connect to a doorbell, telephone or alarm. When someone comes to the door, calls, or the alarm is triggered, the alerting device emits a loud sound or blinking light.
  • ALDs typically use a microphone to capture an audio source near its origin and broadcast it wirelessly over a Frequency Modulation (FM) transmission, Infra Red (IR) transmission, Induction Loop (IL) transmission or other transmission method.
  • FM systems can be incredibly useful for public places such as conferences or classrooms, any time people will be within a 300 foot range. The lecturer wears a small microphone which is connected to a transmitter. The audience members or students wear a receiver tuned to a certain channel or frequency and listen through a receiver.

    It sounds like sci-fi, but IR systems transmit sound through infrared light. Although it can be useful for large groups, the signal cannot pass through walls or into another room. This type of listening device has been utilized in courtrooms where discussion of confidential materials oftentimes takes place. It’s also a good choice in areas where there are competing signals from various locations, as long as there aren’t other competing light sources like sunlight.

    Personal amplifiers are a handheld device used with a headset or earbuds. About the size of a cell phone, they increase sound levels while decreasing background noise, delivering only the amplified sound to the person wearing the headphones. Sometimes these personal amplifiers have microphones that can be angled toward the source of sound to assist with hearing and are particular useful in places where other assistive listening devices aren’t available, like when you’re away from home.